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Leadership Lessons: 10 Keys to Success in Life and Business by Julie K. Thorpe, Greg Swartz

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Key 9

Design, Plan, and Execute

 

 

Think of the end before the beginning.

—Leonardo da Vinci

In 1954, Sol Price, a young lawyer, opened a discount store. Everything went well until he discounted bottled alcoholic beverages. He was threatened with jail and hit with a major lawsuit from the alcoholic beverage industry. He fought back and survived a hurricane of lawsuits. He narrowly escaped jail, but he won against all odds and built a $300 million chain of stores called FedMart. In 1974, he sold the chain with the agreement that he and his sons would continue as top executives. Within a year, the new owner fired them.

Price felt betrayed. Nevertheless, ...

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